Some trails remain closed or diverted due to ongoing forestry work. - Full details here
Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Main car park and toilets open 8.30am to 8.30pm.

Revelin Moss car park is currently closed due to forestry work

We do not allow camping or overnight stays in the forest or any of the car parks in Whinlatter Forest.

Weekdays

Monday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 5pm
Cafe 10am - 4.30pm
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm
Go Ape 9.30am - 4pm
Tuesday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 5pm
Cafe 10am - 4.30pm
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm
Go Ape 9.30am - 4pm
Wednesday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 5pm
Cafe 10am - 4.30pm
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm
Go Ape 9.30am - 4pm
Thursday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 5pm
Cafe 10am - 4.30pm
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm
Go Ape 9.30am - 4pm
Friday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 5pm
Cafe 10am - 4.30pm
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm
Go Ape 9.30am - 4pm

Weekends

Saturday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 5pm
Cafe 10am - 5pm
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm
Go Ape 9.30am - 4pm
Sunday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 5pm
Cafe 10am - 5pm
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm
Go Ape 9.30am - 4pm

How to find us

How to find us
Whinlatter Pass, Keswick
Sat Nav Postcode: CA12 5TW
By Car

From Keswick, take the A66 west towards Cockermouth. At Braithwaite village, turn west onto the B5292 for Lorton. Follow Whinlatter Visitor Centre signposts for approximately 3 miles

 

Or go car-free

By Public Transport

We welcome car-free visitors and offer free admission to those arriving by public transport or bike – plan your journey at Good Journey.

During the summer months there is a bus service between Keswick and Whinlatter which gives you the option of travelling via the beautiful Honister Rambler route, route number 77/77A.

Route dates and times may vary so please check the Stagecoach timetable before you travel.

OS Grid Ref
NY209245

54.609302817099, -3.2285938439344

Parking and prices

The main car park is on a 'Pay on Exit' system.

The are 2 pay stations situated in the main car park and 1 by the Visitor Centre.
The main car park is open 8.30am -8.30pm

Charges: if you stay for less than 20 minutes, parking is free. Otherwise, the charges below apply.  

The machines take coins (no change given), credit cards or you have up to 48hrs after your visit to pay online at Park with Ease. The machines are being cleaned regularly, but please try and pay online to avoid touching them. Please bring hand sanitiser with you to use after you have touched the machines.

Parking charges apply at all times to all vehicles.

If you arrive car-free there is no charge

Parking Charges

Parking charges
Up to 1 hour £2.20
Each additional 20 minutes £0.50
All day £8.00

Additional information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer
Number of accessible parking spaces: 4
Card payments accepted
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed
Pay on exit system

Facilities and access

We do not allow camping or overnight stays in the forest or any of the car parks in Whinlatter Forest

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For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Assistant dogs welcome
Cafe
Dogs allowed
Picnic area
Play Area

Contact details

Welcome to England's only true mountain forest

Whinlatter is home to stunning views, fantastic walks, exhilarating mountain biking, rare wildlife and adventure play.

Set within the Lake District, a World Heritage Site, Whinlatter has unrivalled views across Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater and Keswick. It is also home to the longest purpose-built mountain bike trails in the Lake District. 

The Lakes are a dramatic and unique landscape which has been formed through man’s activities, such as forestry and land management. This landscape has inspired many of the world’s greatest artists, writers and thinkers.

We do not allow camping or overnight stays in the forest or any of the car parks in Whinlatter Forest.

What's on

Forest event
Saturday 16 July
10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm

If you’re limited for time or unsure if a full day workshop is for you, why not join photographer Steve Blake on a half day workshop at Whinlatter Forest ? This beautiful woodland environment is a perfect setting in which to ‘dip your toe’ into the world of landscape photography.

After introductions we’ll go out onto the forest and visit a series of nearby locations to explore different elements and techniques of landscape photography. You'll have opportunities to look at composition, exposure, exploring the relationship between ISO, shutter speed and aperture settings, getting to grips with your histogram and a host of other quick tips and techniques to whet your appetite to dig further into landscape photography. You'll then return to the centre where we’ll review the session and address any outstanding questions.

Forest event
Saturday 6 August
10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm

If you’re limited for time or unsure if a full day workshop is for you, why not join photographer Steve Blake on a half day workshop at Whinlatter Forest ? This beautiful woodland environment is a perfect setting in which to ‘dip your toe’ into the world of landscape photography.

After introductions we’ll go out onto the forest and visit a series of nearby locations to explore different elements and techniques of landscape photography. You'll have opportunities to look at composition, exposure, exploring the relationship between ISO, shutter speed and aperture settings, getting to grips with your histogram and a host of other quick tips and techniques to whet your appetite to dig further into landscape photography. You'll then return to the centre where we’ll review the session and address any outstanding questions.

Forest event
Saturday 1 October
10am to 4pm

Designed for individuals and small groups (maximum of 8 people) looking to take their photography to the next level.

Course participants use their own equipment - from an iPad to a full-frame digital SLR, it doesn’t matter what you use, just bring what you’re comfortable with and Steve will help you get the most out of your photography equipment.

During the course of the day you'll have plenty of time to visit a series of nearby locations to explore different elements and techniques of landscape photography. You'll have opportunities to look at composition, exposure, exploring the relationship between ISO, shutter speed and aperture settings, getting to grips with your histogram, learn how to ‘work the scene’ and a host of other quick tips and techniques. You’ll have a chance to put your new skills into practice, get your images reviewed (if you want to) and have some one-to-one time with Steve.

Forest event
Saturday 3 December
10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm

If you’re limited for time or unsure if a full day workshop is for you, why not join photographer Steve Blake on a half day workshop at Whinlatter Forest ? This beautiful woodland environment is a perfect setting in which to ‘dip your toe’ into the world of landscape photography.

After introductions we’ll go out onto the forest and visit a series of nearby locations to explore different elements and techniques of landscape photography. You'll have opportunities to look at composition, exposure, exploring the relationship between ISO, shutter speed and aperture settings, getting to grips with your histogram and a host of other quick tips and techniques to whet your appetite to dig further into landscape photography. You'll then return to the centre where we’ll review the session and address any outstanding questions.

Whether you've just bought your first bike, or you're looking for your next adrenaline fix, Whinlatter Forest puts the mountain back into biking, with climbs to amazing views and rewarding descents.

Due to high demand for hired bikes, we advise that you book in advance of your visit by contacting the Cyclewise team at Whinlatter via their website.

From meditation & mindfulness sessions to outdoor fitness for mums, discover a wide range of instructor-led fitness and wellbeing classes at Whinlatter Forest. 

Family Forest Bathing: A private forest bathing session tailored just for you and your family, connecting with nature and each other. Includes tea ceremony (or hot chocolate and marshmallows). Suitable  for all ages. Session time 2.5 -3 hours. £150 per family (up to 6 people.

Couples Forest Bathing: Wanting something unique and special to do together? How about a beautiful shared experience exploring Mother Nature, experiencing her delights and wonders. Guided in a gentle and considerate way to give you space to nourish yourself and each other. Includes tea ceremony. Session time 2.5 hours. £120.

Booking at www.lakelandwellbeing.co.uk for both activities.

Whether you're a seasoned naturalist or enthusiast amateur it's easy to take part, just start recording wildlife on your next visit...

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You can create records without having 4G or Wi-Fi in the forest. Download our full user guide and top tips

Nearby forests

Dodd Wood from Bassenthwaite Lake

Dodd Wood is a fantastic place to get some stunning views of the northern Lake District. The network of walking trails will take you deep into the woodland and walk to the top of Dodd Summit for views across the fells.

You may also see red squirrels at the feeding station in the wood throughout the year.

Autumnal landscape with lake and mountains in background

Breath-taking views, stunning artwork and endless forest trails, come and discover all that Grizedale has to offer!

Ennerdale lake

Lying on the north western edge of the Lake District National Park, Ennerdale is home to some of England’s most vibrant natural environments and one of the longest running wild land restoration projects in the UK!

Rising abruptly out of the coastal plain of West Cumbria, Ennerdale is one of the most remote of Cumbrian valleys. There is a sense of tranquility, self-will and wildness, a feeling more of Scotland or Scandinavia.

View of Pillar from Blengdale Forest viewpoint

Discover a variety of outdoor experiences at Blengdale Forest, from a gentle walk up the valley of the River Bleng to a cycle ride around the forest roads. 

From the highest points, Blengdale offers wild views of Wasdale, Haycock and the West Cumbrian Coast.

For some light refreshment stop off in Gosforth and sample the delicious Gosforth Bakery's pies, famous throughout Cumbria.

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